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Chapter 13. In Chapter 13, Conrad chooses the Christmas tree at the tree lot and it's apparent that he has some very specific ideas for how they'll celebrate this year. When he and Cal stop for a burger on the way home, Cal is amazed to see Conrad making quick, confident decisions about his meal when just a year ago he couldn't bring himself to eat at all.

At home, Cal recalls how Beth thought a real tree was silly since they already had an artificial tree. When she comes in, she admires the tree and Cal is aware of how much he loves her. Beth says Carole Lazenby was at the meeting and then says that Conrad has something to tell them. Conrad finally confesses leaving the swim team. Cal is worried about why he quit, but Beth is angry that he...

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